The answer is simple, YES…
I’d been thinking about it, then I heard WHB’s Kevin Kietzman say it. "This is horrible. It’s been since at least 1983 since Kansas City was this bad in sports."
Actually, I was thinking it had been worse. In 1983 the Royals were still a very good ball club nearing the 1985 World Series. Yes, the Chiefs were a clown act then too, but better than today’s team. Our area college teams were no-shows except for KU basketball, which wasn’t exactly hot either.
Today the Chiefs – as your humble scribe told you two months ago – are one of the NFL’s worst teams. The Royals finished near the bottom again. KU and K-State football is lousy. MU is decent but headed towards at best an 8-4 season with a lower level bowl game.
So yeah, it really does affect the spirit of our city.
There’s no doubt that we as a fan base are blue. We’re down and upset. And "Suck for Luck" may sound cute, but it’s not where we want to be, is it?
I get emails and Facebook messages from friends all over the country saying, "Sorry about your teams." Do you? Naturally, I explain how I deal with it as far as the Chiefs are concerned. With the Royals I generally just stay away and watch from a distance.
However, I pissed on the Royals all year and rightfully so because they stunk. Then this guy Eric Hosmer came along and wow, it was a whole new ballgame. A George Brett turn an OK or bad team into a contender pretty quickly. And Eric has done just that.
He should be rookie of the year and an MVP candidate next season. That’s something only Brett has ever done here. He is finally the "Brett" we’ve been searching for since 1992 when George retired. Eric is fantastic. Even our pitching as of late has been solid. The Royals are baseball’s hottest team.
I know its too little too late. They boast the best win loss record this month. Still they’ll finish next to last, but it looks like they may not lose 90 games for the first time since Grant took Richmond. They have stated they are going after big name pitching for 2012. Hey, I might even start going to Royals games next year.
I know, it’s David Glass. But I have a weird feeling since he’s near the end of his life, he wants to go out a good guy a sports winner…not a sports joke.
I’m betting that he spends some big money this coming year.
This club could even win the division next season with two real starters.Of course, so could most teams. Everybody needs pitching.
I can’t believe I just said that, WIN THE DIVISION. My God!
The other good news is Sporting KC has been a monster hit at Legends, Village West, KCK and throughout the metro.
The stadium is the talk of everyone. The attendance and a first place spot is a lift for all of us. They are a very good team with great fans. They started out losing a million games then opened the stadium and couldn’t lose. Nice. Every game a near sell out.
Hey, even the Royals draw over 20,000 now in second to last. People here want a winner, badly. Any winner.
KU basketball is suppose to be down a bit, but I wouldn’t count on that with Bill Self coaching. And I know, all eyes are on WILL THERE BE A BIG TWELVE or TEN or EIGHT….looks like, YES THERE WILL BE.
So yes, this has been awful. The Chiefs and Royals, along with KU and K-State are all clown acts to this point. MU football is decent, but that isn’t good enough to save us from the worst sports year ever.
Take heart, it can only get better. Except for our Chiefs. They’ve dug a huge hole and it may take years for them to recover.